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So what does a woman do when she is out of work?

In my case, nothing it appears. I have been out of work for nearly three months, which I never expected to be out of work this long, and I have not done a single damn thing beyond look for another job.

Special projects for organizations – not done.

Closets – not cleaned out.

Piles of papers – not organized.

Piles of outgrown children’s clothing on my bedroom chair – still there.

In the last few weeks I have decided to take the bull by the horns and find one spot at  a time to clear out. The first one was the over-flowing bill drawer that the bill payer never makes a point of organizing. Next spot was my crafting area. After that was an area between a bookcase and a couch.

These are all hard jobs, requiring at least an hour of attention and a trash can ready to receive bills from six years ago. That is when one must throw in a necessary but easy job.

Recovering the kitchen table/island.

Cute but in need of replacement

Cute but in need of replacement.

 

While the cloth is bright and attractive in most areas, family life is ripping it at the edges. All of the fuzzy stuff is showing and that is not good. That is when you bring our the tools for a new covering.

 

A new cloth and the staple gun

A new cloth and the staple gun

 

Sometimes, you have to be mean. Sometimes, you have to rip off what used to work in order for something new to take over.

The old cloth gone

The old cloth gone

 

Now I know what you are thinking. “That table top doesn’t look so bad.” Look closely and you will see the peeling veneer, the stains that are not identifiable. This desk came with the house and at first we kept it on the side. But the needs of more counter space and a good work area brought the desk to the middle of the floor. The atrocious top has me searching for oil cloth. But until I find that, I will keep using inexpensive vinyl table cloths I can staple into place.

 

The finished product

The finished product

 

What I do, after making sure the cloth is reasonably centered on the table, is start at one corner, pleat the corners for a smooth edge and staple them in. I go to the opposite corner, tighten up the cloth and repeat the pleats before stapling. I do the same thing with the other corners. Then I move to the sides, tighten the cloth and staple until all sides are completed.

Is this what I want for my dream kitchen? Not really. If I had my way and a wad of cash, my dream would be to have a box top butcher block counter top on the desk and six-inch lifts on each leg. Maybe it would look like one of those dream islands in the magazines.

Other projects would include replacing the cabinets and other counter tops  as well. New working appliances would grace my kitchen. Finally, my laundry center would be moved to the basement.

Until then, I will have to stick with my solution that involves a $4.50 vinyl table-cloth, a staple gun, and 15 minutes of time. And a look that leans more towards the French Country style I am aiming for.

What quick and easy projects are you doing around the house?

 

 

 

A Tasty Dish of Guisada

About a month ago my niece mentions that she is making comfort food, a dish called Guisada.

Of course, I asked about it. And then my other niece gave me a recipe. So when I got the chance, I made Guisada using this recipe.

The Ingredients

 
I cut up a two-pound chuck roast along with the stew meat, diced the potatoes and covered them with a flour mixture of chili powder and cumin.
 

Meat and potatoes in the flour mixture

 
The recipe did not call for the meat to be browned first so I put everything in the crock pot with the onions, garlic and broth. Then I left it there for hours.
 

Guisada with Rice

 
What surprised me was that my kids, who can be very picky, liked this dish and asked me to make it again.
 
And I plan to do just that.
 
 
What are you experimenting with in the kitchen?

 

 

The Answer is…

Image by Hamper

 

 

I was over at Lavender and Lime’s blog and saw this post with a number of questions. The questions are all cooking related but it is fun to see how others cook and what they use the most.  So here are the questions and my answers. Perhaps you will answer these on your own blog so the rest of us can find out about your cooking habits.

 

 

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1.  Who would you be honoured to have cook in your kitchen?

Jacques Pepin. Maybe it is the accent or his technique. No matter what , I am always hungry after watching his shows and try to incorporate his techniques.

2. What have you always wanted to cook or eat but never have?

Goat meat.

3.  What is your favourite part of a chicken?

Chicken breast. I like to pound it thin and braise before making a creamy wine sauce.

4.  Do you use a knife or a vegetable peeler to peel potatoes?

I use a Oxo peeler when I do peel.

5.  What one item do you keep in the kitchen you know you shouldn’t use but do?

Velveeta.

6.  Do you like using the new culinary foam (such as cappuccino foam) with your meals?

No.

7.  What 3 meals would you take to a friend who is sick in bed?

A good soup to the person’s liking, enough to last several days, along with bread and a sweet that works well with tea or coffee.

 

Now it is your turn. Pass it along.